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that italy can go back on to a sustainable growth path and -- >> is that with or without berlusconi involved? because end of february are these elections. >> yes. the elections are, of course, more the campaign heading into the elections with all these noises, especially the end ecb noises that we hear from italy. that's going to cause concern that if italy does need help, how likely are they going to be to get it? in the years from 1993 to 2007 italy brought down its debt to gdp ratio to almost 100% and half of that time berlusconi is prime minister. it's not like berlusconi has a record of fiscal spending. >> no. but i guess also the times were different. >> the times were different but the interest rate was slightly higher than it is now. but the primary surplus of the country ran over that period which was an acceptable 3% on average is already right now reached once again. so all the parameters are in the right place and the only thing the next government needs to do is actually nothing. if it does nothing, if it doesn't reverse the reforms -- >> what's interesting is what berlusconi is
. berlusconi says spreads, this is really just a scam. monty says we should care about spreads. want to bring in a third opinion. let's talk about bepo grillo, founder of the five-star movement. not a political party but a movement which benefits from voters' disenchantment with mr. berlusconi and mr. monty. he agrees with mr. berlusconi on one thing. he says spreads are all just based on speculation. >> translator: the spread is completely detached from the real economy. the spread is mental hallucination created by speculation in the banking sector because half of the italian debt is owned by foreign banks. these banks try to get high rate in order to earn more. so we are a victim of banking speculation, of both foreign and domestic banks. we shall detach from the real economy. we need to stop this vicious cycle of debt that is strangling us. >> reporter: many would argue it's the right time for mario monty to leave the political scene. would you agree? >> translator: he needs to disappear. he was, as the americans say, a bluff, a bubble, a bankruptcy curator. our country went bankrupt last
the resignation of silvio berlusconi last year. sparked concern that italy may slip back into a recession. >>> president obama and members of the senate will gather later today to say good-bye to one of their own. senator daniel inouye who served. he died last week of respiratory complications. he was 88. senate majority leader has called on abercrombie to appoint a successor before the end of the year. >>> ted kennedy jr., son of
cone any is going to run again. ben weedman the thought of the return to berlusconi is rattling some folks' nerves. >> reporter: he's back. he says he's run for the premiership for the sixty time in 20 years. a year after he resigned as prime minister he's coming back more emphatically as ever telling an appreciative audience in rome he'll denounce the policies of his successor, mario monti, and his management of the current economic crisis. after decades in italian politics, this 76-year-old businessman appears rested and ready for a fight. tan and fit not and a gray hair on his head. he's not without troubles of his own. he's appeals a kwixz for tax evasion and on trial for allegedly having sex with a minor, a now of age moroccan dancer known as ruby, the heartbreaker. belusconi is in and monti will soon be out. he's step down as soon as parliament passes its 2013 budget. stepping down doesn't mean he's stepping out. many here speculate he's simply preparing to take off his mental and don that of a politician and run himself for the premiership in elections early next year. monti's
the resignation of silvio berlusconi. monti's resignation sparked concern italy may slip back into a recession. president obama and member hers of the senate will gather today to say good-bye to
headlines making news, former italian prime minister sylvio berlusconi, he was forced to resign last year. he's got a new girlfriend. nbc reports he's dating an italian politician that is 49 years younger than he is. he's 76 and francesca is 27. now despite facing a trial for underaged prostitution charges berlusconi is also trying to return to power. he is running for a fourth term as prime minister. >> bill: how much older is he? >> 49 years older than she is. he's 76. she's 27. >> bill: viagra is a wonderful drug. >> another documentary about former president bill clinton is set to be produced to air on hbo. it has a major hollywood name behind it. deadline reporting martin scorsese will produce the project that will explore clinton's perspectives on history, politics, culture and the world. it is reportedly being made with the former president's full cooperation. look for it next year. >> bill: i don't know if he's putting any money into it. >> quite possible. and the world's oldest person, dina of iowa, sa
saw the negative reaction. sylvia berlusconi wants to make his return on the political scene. today, we saw a bounce back. if you can see see bind me, the bank stocks in italy rerebound, but it's only in the range of .5% to 1% of these names which were down in some cases nearly 10% yesterday. if you take a quick look at european bourses, if that's possible, down near the ftse mib, this is the one selling off somewhere in the range of 3.5% yesterday. today it's adding about .8%. in spain, showing a nice rebound. same attitude listing peripheral debt. we can take a look there. italy and spain seeing prices rise, yields falling to 4.75% and 5.75% respectively. is investor attention returning to spain? here is the thing. italy is the third biggest government debt market in the world. it's the third biggest economy in the eurozone. whatever happens with its political situation could put neighboring pressure on spain. the main thing to keep an eye on here is whether spain comes back into the markets cross hairs. we saw today an auction go up reasonably well. we're looking for the country
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